Book review: ‘A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year’ edited by Jane McMorland Hunter

‘A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year’ edited by Jane McMorland Hunter

As the title of this massive nature poetry anthology makes clear, this is a bedside book for dipping into every night. I didn’t keep to such a schedule, tending to catch up on a week’s worth or so at a time.

The book itself is a wonderful artefact, made from the sort of top-quality paper that ought to be mandatory in all hardbacks, but which is so rare in British publishing these days. Opening this book and flicking to each day’s poem is a gorgeous experience.

As for the poems, I have to say an awful lot of them weren’t to my taste. But I think this reflects far more on my extremely limited taste when it comes to poetry than on Jane McMorland Hunter’s editorial judgement. The poems I did enjoy, I enjoyed very much indeed.

A lovely book.

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Richard Carter

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